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Who We Are

The Office of Community Engagement comprises the director of community engagement, who leads the office, the program assistant of the OCE, the program manager for MICA PLACE, and the current coordinator and assistant of MICA's Community Art Collaborative (CAC).

Karen Stults smiling Karen Stults, Director of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art., brings twenty years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, management, and program development to her commitment to the arts. Previous employers include the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC and YouthAction, Inc where she developed and managed the organization's first Board of Directors and long-range strategic plan. Ms. Stults holds a M.Ed. in Policy Development and Program Evaluation from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Business and Communications from Mercer University. Additional training includes a certificate in Ceramics and Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a certificate in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from Georgetown University. Ms. Stults is an alumna of the Windcall Residency Program for social change activists and serves on numerous governing and advisory committees.

Stephen Towns has joined the team as a program assistant for the OCE. Towns is a practicing artist and has worked and volunteered for a number of community organizations in South Carolina including The Boys and Girls Club, Gibbes Museum of Art, and Toastmasters International.  He is excited to incorporate his creative, administrative, and community organizing experience in his role in the OCE. He holds a BFA from the University of South Carolina. 

Julie Lin '99 (painting) is a community artist and educator with over 15 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations around Baltimore, including the Baltimore Museum of Art's Education Department and Art on Purpose. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious Kresge Arts in Baltimore grant to continue her personal project, Kitchen Stories, involving art-themed and cooking workshops for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Ms. Lin is a founder of Creative City Public Charter School, a new progressive, arts integration school opening in fall 2013. The school will be the first elementary public school of its kind in NW Baltimore city and will emphasize place-based education.

 Kalima Young, Project Coordinator for the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, most recently employed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, also served as Project Director of Connect to Protect: Baltimore, a participatory research project that mapped community assets to support coalition-building and advocacy around HIV/AIDS. A Baltimore native, Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company. As an activist/filmmaker, she has produced such films as "It Gets Better, Baltimore," a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing the topics of teen bullying and suicide prevention. In 2000, Young received a prestigious Open Society Institute fellowship for her media work with teens. Young brings a depth of experience in asset mapping and project management, a clear understanding of communities and cultures in Baltimore, and a passion for arts-based social change.

 Valencia James began her role as the CAC Program Assistant on February 27, 2012. Valencia brings over 10 years of community organizing, educational and administrative experiences directly relevant to CAC; she was a community school coordinator in the Baltimore City Public School System. She also has experience as an adjunct faculty at Baltimore City Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County, and served as Ameri-Corps member for 2 terms. Valencia later went on to serve internationally as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of Madagascar. Currently an MFA Candidate at the Academy of Art University her art practice is in textile construction/design and mixed media.

Allison Gulick '13 (Curatorial Practice M.F.A.) is the Grants and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement. She has been with the OCE since April of 2013 and she is happy to answer any questions about you might have about how OCE's grants program works.